Earagail Arts Festival is a registered charity (CHY 16078) and a Company Limited by Guarantee (CLG 383383) governed by a voluntary Board of Directors, the Earagail Arts Festival Management Company. Please see list of Directors & Directors’ biographies below. Earagail Arts Festival is committed to good governance and has embarked upon the journey of compliance with the Governance Code. The organisation complies with all regulatory requirements and operates in accordance with its governing document, available here.
Earagail Arts Festival keeps detailed books and records of accounts and maintains strict financial controls. The organisation is transparent in its audited financial statements, with most recent statements (2014) available here. The Statement of Recommended Practice for charities and not-for profit entities as developed in the UK in 2005 (SORP) is currently accepted as best practice in Ireland. We are working with our auditor towards compliance with SORP in 2015 financial statements and beyond.
Earagail Arts Festival is open, honest and fully transparent in its fundraising activities, the proceeds of which all go towards the primary activity of organising and promoting an annual multi-disciplinary arts festival. Earagail Arts Festival is currently working to confirm compliance with the Statement of Guiding Principles of Good Fundraising developed by Irish Charities Tax Research Ltd (ICTR).
Board of Directors
Dessie Larkin appointed 2004 (appointed Chairperson 2012 – present)
Dessie is currently Town centre Commercial manager with Letterkenny Town Team. The Town Team’s mission is “To promote Letterkenny as a vibrant, modern,safe and secure town centre environment that will attract potential investors and increase citizen engagement.Utilising all available resources to the maximum potential will allow us to think globally, interact regionally and act locally.” Dessie has previously served on the boards & committees of many Community, Voluntary & Art organisations. An example being the board of management of An Grianan Theatre, Letterkenny. Dessie graduated with a BA(Hons) in Public management from the IPA, accredited by the National University of Ireland. Married to Mary, they have four children. He actively supports and admires greatly the wonderful and creative “Art-scene” in Donegal.
Micheál Ó Fearraigh appointed 2004
Tá Mícheál ag obair mar Fheidhmeannach Forbartha le Údarás na Gaeltachta ó 1998 agus tá sé ag plé go leanúnach léis an chomhpháirtíocht atá idir an Údarás na Gaeltachta agus an Chomhairle Ealaíon. Tá sé mar stiúrthóir ar Ealaín (na Gaeltachta) Teo. fochuideachta de chuid an Údaráis a bunaíodh de bharr an comhpháirtíocht sin agus a bhfuil sé d’aidhm acu cuidiú le forbairt na n-ealaíon ag leibhéal réigiúnach Gaeltachta.
Traolach ó Fionnáin appointed 2004
Traolach ó Fionnáin is the Local Authority Arts Officer for Donegal County Council, where he is charged with responsibility for the delivery of the arts development programme of Donegal County Council’s Arts Service. As part of that remit, he initiated the Donegal Bay and Blue Stacks Festival in 2001 and continues to programme it. Since 2007, he has worked as part of the EDGES International Cultural Partnership, actively developing and expanding cultural links between Donegal, East Iceland and Northern Norway. He was Chairman of the Board of Directors of EAF Management Company Ltd. from 2008 to 2012.
Shaun Hannigan appointed 2004
Shaun has worked for Donegal County Council since 1997 first as Director of Letterkenny Arts Centre and currently as Director of the Regional Cultural Centre Letterkenny. He has over 30 years experience as a curator and arts manager having previously worked as Local Authority Arts Officer in Limerick and Public Art Manager with Southampton City Council. Shaun is currently a Board Member of the Nerve Centre Derry and Donegal Community & Cultural Development Company Limited.
Gary Doherty appointed 2014
Gary Doherty was co-opted onto Donegal County Council in November 2013 and was subsequently elected to serve as a Member for the Stranorlar Municipal District in May 2014. Gary was elected as the first ever Cathaoirleach of the Stranorlar Municipal District in June 2014. He sits on the Donegal Education and Training Board and the National Reserve Members Forum of the ETBI. He is also a member of the Board of the Irish Central and Border Area Network, ICBAN. Gary has a keen interest in the arts in County Donegal, and is the bass player with local band, Our Native State.
Michael Heaney appointed 2004
Michael Heaney is Director of Services with Donegal County Council with specific responsibility for Community, Culture, Planning & Economic Development. In this role he is responsible for the integrated Donegal Strategy for Economic, Social and Cultural Development. He is involved in working in the fields of community development, cultural services provision, economic development, natural resource development, tourism, community development, social inclusion, strategic planning, regional and cross-border development, diaspora, European Union affairs and cultural service provision. In the context of his Donegal County Council responsibilities, Michael has recently been appointed as Chief Officer of the newly established Donegal Local and Community Development Committee, a cross-sectoral partnership with responsibility for preparation of an Economic and Community Development Plan for Donegal. Michael previously worked as a Development Executive with Udarás na Gaeltachta (the Gaeltacht Development Authority) in Kerry, Galway, Mayo and Donegal regions. He was Manager of Inishowen Rural Development Ltd, Project Leader with Inishowen Community Development Group (Pilot Project of Second EC Anti-Poverty Programme) and Regional Coordinator with the Department of Agriculture and Food (ROI) Integrated Rural Development Programme.
Méabh Conaghan appointed 2004
Méabh Conaghan is currently a Senior Executive with Enterprise Ireland where she supports and advises food and beverage start-up businesses. She has an Arts Degree from University College Galway in Irish and Geography and a Masters in Marketing from University of Ulster. Méabh was raised in Gort a’Choirce in the Donegal Gaeltacht and has a love of the Irish language and culture. She has been a member of the Earagail Arts Festival Board since 2003 and was Festival Chairperson from 2006-2008.
Tá Méabh Uí Chonnacháin ag obair faoi láthair ag Fiontar Eireann ag tacaíocht le comhlachtaí úra I dtionscnamh bia agus deoch. Tá céim dáin aicí ó Ollscoil na Gaillimhe agus máistreacht ó Ollscoil Uladh sa mhargaíocht. Tógadh i nGort a’Choirce í agus tá an-ghrá aicí ar an teanga agus ar chultúr na tíre. Tá sí ina suí ar Bhord Féile An Earagail ó bhí 2003 ann agus bhí sí mar chathaoirleach ar an Bhord ar feadh trí bliana idir 2006 agus 2008.
Patricia McBride appointed 2004
Patricia McBride is Director of An Grianán Theatre. She holds a BA (Hons) Degree in Performing Arts from De Montford University, Leicester and a Masters in Cultural Management from University of Ulster. Her career in arts management and theatre production spans over twenty five years. In the UK she worked in various roles in organisations such as The Royal Academy of Arts, the Haymarket Theatre, and Proteus Theatre Company. Returning to Ireland she was Manager of Charabanc Theatre Company and General Manager of the Lyric Theatre in Belfast. She also serves on the board of the Lyric Theatre, Belfast and Highland Radio, Letterkenny. She is currently Chair of the Nomad Venue Network.
Fintan Moloney appointed 2004
Fintan Moloney Graduated from University College Dublin, November 1974, BA (HONS) Economics. Joined Revenue Commissioners in December, 1974 as trainee Inspector of Taxes. Appointed District Inspector of Taxes for County Donegal in 1984 until October, 1989. Commenced 2.s Taxation and Financial Consultant October, 1989 and celebrated 25 years in private practise in 2014. Certified as an Authorised Advisor regulated by the Financial Regulator in 2003. Member of Institute of Taxation, Irish Brokers Association and Letterkenny Chamber of Commerce. Chair of Governing Body of Letterkenny Institute of Technology, member of the Board of Directors of Earagail Arts Festival Management Company Ltd..
Una Campbell appointed 2004
Úna Campbell established An Gailearaí, (Ceardlann na gCroisbhealach Teo), a contemporary visual art gallery in 1998 in Falcarragh. As Director she has responsibility for funding, curating and and promotion. She has continued as director for the last 18 years and over saw the project’s move to a new bespoke premises in Gweedore. Úna is also a practicing visual artist, maintains a studio and exhibits from time to time.
James Pat McDaid appointed 2014